Eight phase approach to incident scene management – a structured approach to safely resolving hazmat incidents

Eight phase approach to incident scene management – a structured approach to safely resolving hazmat incidents
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28 Feb 2022
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Eight phase approach to incident scene management – a structured approach to safely resolving hazmat incidents 

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Incidents involving hazardous materials (hazmat) are low frequency, but high risk. When responding to such incidents, responders often get limited time to make life or death decisions. Through our liaison with first responders, we know that there can be a lack of a structured logical approach to implement at such incidents. Combined with limited training and exercising opportunities, this means that responders can struggle to manage these incidents, especially when compared with other, more common types of incidents.

With this in mind, the subject matter experts at the Hazmat Academy, most of them ex-first responders themselves, have developed a structured ‘eight phase approach to incident scene management’. This will be explained in a series of learning opportunities using webinars, videos and technical articles over the coming months.8-phase-webinar-series-image-v5-(1).jpg This phased approach has been created to dispel the myth that hazmat response is a dark art and to simplify the response to a hazmat incident enabling it to be brought to a successful conclusion. These eight phases cover everything from pre-planning for a hazmat incident and tactical planning, implementing of a tactical plan, dealing with priority rescues with limited resources, through to closing it down and post incident considerations covering crew welfare, the importance of debriefing and sharing the lessons learnt. 

During the series, NCEC’s Hazmat Academy experts will be taking a detailed look at each of the eight phases of incident scene management, and how responders from the public and private sectors can best prepare themselves to deal with hazmat incidents. The aim is to help responders be safe, effective, competent and confident during their response to a hazmat incident. If you respond to such incidents, whether that be as an operational crew member or in an incident command capacity, or are involved in the training of response teams, then join our Hazmat Academy experts for this unique opportunity.

You only have to register once for the whole series, and we will send you a reminder before each event. The series is completely free to attend and we welcome as many participants from your organisation as you would like.

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Phase 1 – Pre-planning and risk awareness 
This webinar has already happened.

 

During this webinar, the panel highlighted the importance of developing a
risk-awareness mindset and planning for these risks. This covered the first four phases of integrated emergency management – anticipation, assessment, prevention and preparation activities – which should all take place prior to an incident occurring. We also looked at the risks to an organisation if these activities are not carried out suitably, including the financial and reputational consequences.  

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Phase 2 – mobilisation and safe approach to an incident
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This webinar looked at what needs to be considered when mobilising to a hazmat incident and how to make a safe approach. Our panel discussed key topics such as safe approach routes, early identification of the substance(s) involved, cordons, incident location and early information gathering. The webinar concluded with a discussion around making the final approach to a hazmat incident and how control room staff play a vital role during this phase. 

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Phase 3 – arrival at the incident
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This webinar considered the immediate steps that should be taken upon arrival at a hazmat incident. This starts with an initial dynamic risk assessment, and communicating with the on-site response team, the responsible person and the owner or occupier. Our panel discuss the different ways of carrying out a full assessment of the incident scene and the importance of performing life-saving activities such as a snatch rescue. 

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Phase 4 – tactical planning during the incident
This phase has been delivered.

Once life-saving activities have been conducted and the responders have the necessary preliminary information about the incident, phase 4 looks at the tactical planning on how to implement the plan. This phase includes resource considerations such as personal protective equipment (PPE) required and the importance of a decontamination strategy. The eBook looks at how to contain and control the hazardous material(s), set up an environmental protection plan, stabilise the scene and the critical role played by the hazmat adviser. 

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Phase 5 – implementing the tactical plan

When: November 2021
Format: details coming soon 

This phase is all about following the tactical plans that must now be in place. Our experts will look at the factors the hazmat adviser must consider before making any final decisions. They will also consider the various other ways that the same incident can be brought to a successful conclusion. 

Phase 6 – development of the incident

When: December 2021
Format: details coming soon

This phase considers the need to constantly monitor the incident and be prepared to change plans depending on new developments. This phase focuses on how, during a hazmat incident, to move forward when there is a need to scale up and bring in extra resources or relief crews, or scale down. The panel will look at multi-agency, collaborative working as hazmat incidents usually require several organisations to bring them to a conclusion. 

Phase 7 – closing down and handover of the incident

When: January 2022
Format: details coming soon

This phase is vitally important and should be carried out with the same amount of diligence as the early stages. During this phase, our panel will look at the different agencies that a hazmat adviser might need to work with and how to hand the incident over to the relevant organisation. 

Phase 8 – post incident considerations

When: February 2022
Format: Webinar (date/time to be realeased soon)

The final phase in this virtual series will provide you with vital next steps including staff welfare, documenting the incident, safely disposing off contaminated PPE kits and considering the lessons learnt during the incident for future responses. During this event, the experts will also discuss how this phase feeds back into phase 1 and how responders at all levels can continue to prepare themselves.

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Our Hazmat Academy provides a range of training courses tackling every aspect of a hazmat incident. These accredited courses can be delivered in person, via distance learning or a combination of both. For more information and to discover the full range of courses, please visit www.thehazmatacademy.co.uk. And, for any bespoke training requirements, simply get in touch with us.